17 Bizarre Heists From History

Who moved my cheese?
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Plenty of precious jewels and other obviously valuable objects have been stolen before, but, as they say, all that glitters is not gold. Sometimes, it’s cheese.

Parmesan from Wisconsin, to be exact. In 2016, thieves pilfered about $90,000 of it from a storage facility, but that wasn’t the Badger State’s only brush with dairy crime around that time: two other cheese heists occurred during the same year. While you’re waiting for Netflix to order a scripted series based on these burglaries, you can learn more about them in this episode of The List Show. Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is covering that story and 16 other outlandish heists from history.

Believe it or not, cheese isn’t even the weirdest stolen treasure on the list; insects, Kinder chocolate eggs, and an entire church have also been purloined in the past. Watch the full episode below, and subscribe to the Mental Floss YouTube channel for more fascinating videos on just about everything.